The Metropolitan Division has once again given the Central a run for its money in regards being the best in the NHL. The Washington Capitals have long since won it and waltzed off with the President’s Trophy in the process, but the battle going on below them has been fun to watch. The New York Rangers, who had the best record in the league last season, have now dropped down to third, and no one but the Caps have officially clinched a playoff berth in the Metropolitan. The Rangers will try to rake another step towards postseason play on Saturday night against a Buffalo Sabres team that is finishing their season strong. It’s a game in which the Rangers are sure to come in as favorites, but things are getting a little nervy over in the Metropolitan, so you never know what might happen. You can keep up to date with all the NHL odds at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Buffalo Vs NY Rangers NHL Odds, TV & Game Info
Why bet on the Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres (32-35-11) may have been eliminated from playoff contention for a while now, but that hasn’t stopped them from playing hard coming down the stretch. Buffalo have been able to take advantage of a number of teams still involved in playoff races, and they do so by somehow always managing to keep the majority of their games very close. This is a team that is very much headed in the right direction, and who may be one to keep an eye on next season. The Sabres have gone 5-3-2 in their last 10 games, and have their final 4 against Metropolitan Division opponents, who they have gone 9-10-1 against this season. The Sabres are averaging 2.4 GPG, and are giving up 2.6 GPG.
Why bet on the New York Rangers
The Rangers (43-25-9) still look like a lock to make the playoffs, but whether they go in as a Wild Card or not remains to be seen. They have pretty much blown the opportunity to have this thing already a done deal, as 3 of their last 6 losses have been via OT. The 3 extra points that they tossed away in those games may well have been enough for them to punch their postseason ticket. The final 5 games for the Rangers this season are going to be huge, as 3 of them are against teams that are still in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. They are going to have to be better than their 4-3-3 in their last 10 games if they want to avoid the Wild Card. New York are averaging 2.8 GPG, and are giving up 2.6 GPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Going back to 2013, the Buffalo Sabres are a team that the Rangers have beaten on 9 straight occasions. While these types of streaks invariably come to a close, I don’t think it will happen on Saturday night.
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